11 Warm & Gooey Desserts in a Mug for a Super Fast Treat (PHOTOS)

Liz Alterman | Dec 22, 2014 Food & Party

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Picture this: Your shopping is finally complete. You've wrapped 'til you have blisters on your taping fingers. Your stockings are stuffed and the cookies for Santa are plated and ready. 

At last, you can put your feet up and relax. You deserve a treat, too, don't you? But do you really want to dirty more pans and spend another hour in the kitchen? No way. Ready for the perfect solution? Enter: the dessert in a mug

These diminutive and delicious treats can be cooked up in the microwave in mere minutes! From chocolate brownies to fruit-topped cakes, there's something for everyone to enjoy! Check out our slideshow and then tell us: Do you ever make desserts in a mug and, if so, which is your favorite?


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  • Molten Chocolate Cake


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    If you've ever been craving something rich and chocolatey but don't have the time to make an entire layer cake, this microwavable molten chocolate cake is the answer to your prayers. Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you'll have the decadent dessert you desire in a flash. 

  • Coffee Mug Tiramisu


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    This no-bake tiramisu is so yummy, you'll be looking for a second mug-full before you've even finished your first serving. The recipe calls for cream cheese, but you can feel free to substitute mascarpone if you want to go for that real authentic restaurant flavor. 

  • Cinnamon Roll in a Mug


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    Ah, the sweet smell of cinnamon always makes a home seem extra warm and festive, doesn't it? This cinnamon roll in a mug recipe combines vanilla, brown sugar, and a dash of nutmeg for a heavenly treat that cooks for less than 2 minutes! 

  • 5-Minute Chocolate Peppermint Cake


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    You can top this yummy 5-minute chocolate peppermint cake with marshmallow fluff and crushed peppermint after it comes out of the microwave. The hardest part about this dessert is waiting for it to cool enough so you can eat it. 

  • Red Velvet Mug Cake


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    Not only is this red velvet mug cake moist and delicious, it's the perfect color for Christmas. You can top this fluffy treat with anything from shaved chocolate to festive holiday sprinkles. Buy enough ingredients to make plenty because once the rest of the family sees this, everyone will want one!

  • Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug


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    If you're a sucker for cookie dough, you're going to love this chocolate chip cookie in a mug recipe. Dark chocolate and vanilla give this easy treat a richness that'll have you going back for seconds. 

  • Vanilla Cake With Cherries


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    Create a yummy vanilla cake in minutes and then top it with cherries for a show-stopping and colorful dessert. 

  • Brownie Bliss


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    Can you believe you'll have this yummy brownie ready to eat in just under 2 minutes? The best part: It's a single serving, so you shouldn't feel guilty if you don't want to share!

  • 5-Minute Cheesecake in a Mug


    While this cheesecake recipe calls for low-fat cream cheese, it tastes just as rich and delicious as the real thing. Give it a few hours to chill to achieve the perfect texture and prepare to fall in love with this super-easy dessert.

  • Fresh Fruit Cobbler in a Mug


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    Fruit cobbler is refreshing all year-round. This recipe allows you to toss in the fruits or berries of your choice. Old fashioned rolled oats add a nice texture. Sprinkle some nuts in the mix if you're looking for extra crunch and enjoy.

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake


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    A tablespoon of creamy peanut butter takes this chocolate cake to the next level. You can also add mini marshmallows and walnuts to create your own Rocky Road-style cake if you're feeling really adventurous.  

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